The fastest increasing quantity on this planet is the amount of information we are generating.*
The relativists of my generation […], many of whom became […] professors, chose to devalue thousands of years of human knowledge about how to acquire virtue, dismissing is as passe, “not relevant” or even “oppressive.” They were so successful at it that the very word “virtue” sounds out of date, and someone using it appears anachronistically moralistic and self-righteous.**
Is information the waste product of technology?
Where do we go to find the knowledge once contained in our myths?
In the “overture” to his book 12 Rules For Life, Jordan Peterson proposes:
the great myths and religious stories of the past, particularly those derived from an earlier, oral tradition, were moral in their intent rather than descriptive. Thus, they did not concern themselves with what the world was, as scientist might have it, but with how a human being should act.^
These words caught my attention because I’d just been reading these words from the apostle Paul:
holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. ^^
I can’t think that I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of these from another person, nor they to be receiving of these from me.
I’m not against more information, though it must have ways and means of becoming knowledge if it is to have a chance of blossoming into wisdom.
Our myths make this possible.
Doidge and Peterson made me look again at the five elemental truths I keep in mind and often mention. Ha!, I thought, they are elements of a great myth:
Life is hard.
You are not as special as you think.
Your life is not about you.
You are not in control.
You are going to die.*^
I feel these to be half-said, needing to be completed into our personal and collective myths and stories:
Life is hard but … .
(*From Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable.)
(**Norman Doidge in his foreword to Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life.)
(^From Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life.)
(*^From Richard Rohr’s Adam’s Return.)